Tuesday, December 16, 2003
POLK COUNTY -- Republican Cheryl Lentsch of Polk County filed Dec. 8 for State Rep. Lane Shetterly's District 23 Oregon House seat.
Shetterly has not decided whether or not he will seek a fifth term.
Lentsch, 58, owns a tree farm in Polk County. She belongs to the Board of Trustees of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and the Monmouth-Independence Community Arts Association. She also belongs to St. Philip Catholic Church in Dallas.
Cheryl was born and raised on a farm in Oregon, and worked in the fields to put herself through school.
"That is where I learned how to work and manage money", she said.
She said she is committed to supporting the people and the livability of rural Polk, Yamhill, Linn and Benton Counties.
"Our farmers are good stewards of their land. They depend on state extension services for advice. They don't need any more regulations imposed by the Legislature."
Her campaign director, and husband of 38 years, Jack, is a registered professional engineer in Oregon and a member of the Academy of Distinguished Engineers from Oregon State University.
"Cheryl has the kind of leadership skills that Oregon needs to solve the problems facing the next legislative session," he said.
Cheryl served on Tigard School Board when her two daughters, Tracy and Janice were in school. She also managed the school lunch program as a volunteer. Her husband and daughters are all graduates of Oregon State University, and at age 40, she received two associates degrees from Portland Community College.
She is a licensed dental hygienist. She said she is a strong supporter of higher education in Oregon, which she considers to be a key to improving the economic health of Oregon.
"Teachers are my idols",; she said. "But our children and grandchildren need to be able to find jobs here when they get out of school&.quot;
Lentsch adopted a family of 33 refugees from Cambodia after the war in Vietnam.
She has been active in Oregon politics. She served as president of the Tualatin Valley Republican Women's Club, and was an elected precinct committee person.
She managed the election campaign for State Rep. Norm Smith, who now serves as president of the Ford Family Foundation.
"I am ready to give my personal efforts back to Oregon. I love this state. I'm a doer, not a dreamer."
Lentsch said she is deeply concerned about the current economic condition of Oregon.
"I will provide energetic leadership in Oregon government. We have got to both retain and create new jobs. Our current unemployment rate is the worst in the nation. We have to determine the root cause for this and fix it."